There is ‘much more to come’ declared Padraig McCrory in the aftermath of his sensational win in Germany last weekend.
‘The Hammer’ won the IBO light heavyweight world title by stopping Leon Bunn, an undefeated German, in his hometown, live on TG4 last Saturday.
It was a massive moment for a true working-class hero who worked his way up from the small hall scene, but the 34-yar-old predicts it won’t be the biggest night of his career.
The Conlan Boxing fighter didn’t mention any names but claims he now has big fight options across two weight classes.
“Germany is notoriously a very difficult place to go,” he told the BBC at a Homecoming Party at the Devenish.
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“There are not many people that go there and win. To go there, moving up in weight and win in a comfortable fashion makes it much bigger.
“I don’t think this is the ceiling for me, I think there is much more to come and I’m just looking forward to seeing where it goes.”
He added: “It’s massive [for my career]. There are so many options now. I have already spoken with Conlan Boxing and the options at light heavyweight and super middleweight are going to be big.”
Before exploring those ‘big’ options it looks as if the Jamie Conlan managed, Dee Walsh trained, McCrory will get an outing on the December 10 Michael Conlan – Karim Guerfi card at the SSE Arena.
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“I could possibly be fighting again in six weeks on the Michael Conlan card, but we have to sit down and speak and see where it goes,” continued McCrory.
“Michael Conlan has fought in Belfast four times and I think I have fought on the four events. It kind of works hand in hand – Mick fights, I fight – and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”